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The Week That Was in Lion Sports - February 11

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray works in the LMU Sports Media department, is a leader of the ROAR Student Section, is a former sports writer at The Los Angeles Loyolan, and is a member of The Crimson Circle service organization. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance at the week that was in Lion Sports.

As the basketball teams continue to struggle, disappoint, and sometimes embarrass the LMU community, the fan base is beginning to look towards the spring sports season with hopes of Lion success.

The sun is out and the grass is looking good at Page Stadium, where the baseball team will open up its season this weekend when they host Utah for a three-game series. Tuesday night in the batting cages, the LMU baseball program is having its first event of the new "10th Man" project in hopes to gain more of a fan presence in the stands at baseball games for 2013.

Softball opened up their 2013 season last weekend in St. George, Utah, where they played five games in three days in true collegiate softball fashion. The Red Desert Classic gave LMU five games against five opponents to kick off the year. The Lions started off strong with a 9-0 win over Colorado St. and a 6-0 win over Weber St. The Lions also beat Utah St. 3-0, but lost games against Utah and Arkansas for a 3-2 tournament record. 

The women's water polo team also had a big weekend, going 3-1 with three of the four games decided by two goals or less. At the UCSD Triton Invitational, LMU opened play against the host team, #19 UC San Diego, which ended in a bitter 8-7 loss. The Lions then went on to win the rest of their games with big wins over Marist, CSU Bakersfield, and #10 Michigan.

Women's tennis also continued its early season hot streak last week with a 7-0 sweep of UC Riverside at home. The Lions are now 3-1 and undefeated at home to start the 2013 campaign. They will continue their full, tough non-conference schedule next weekend against UC Santa Barbara and Colorado.

The men's tennis team is still trying to find its rhythm early on in the season. The Lions are in the midst of a long and exhausting road trip, containing match after match of tough competition. This along with three crucial injuries has resulted in a 0-6 start after falling to UC Santa Barbara 6-1 and losing 5-2 at Cal Poly.

The women's basketball team finally got a much-needed win last week, when they took down Santa Clara 71-50 at home last Thursday. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak but was followed with a game against first place Gonzaga, in which the Lions lost 70-56.

As for the men's basketball team, most of you know the story. The Lions have displayed a fruitless offense all year and continue to live and die by the three. And for a team that is bad at shooting threes, that means lots of death. LMU continued to shoot terribly from the field in the Northwest over the weekend, as the team dropped to 1-10 in WCC play after a 69-60 loss at Portland and a 74-55 loss at Gonzaga.

Across the Net with Daniel Simko - Feb. 8, 2013

G'day LMU tennis fans,

We are fully into the "swing" of things for this semester and have already played a number of matches. Unfortunately the results have not gone our way thus far, but that's college tennis, each person plays a critical role to the teams success. The team travelled to Iowa to play 2 teams in indoor conditions, which was a great experience. A large majority of the teams around the country play most of the year indoors due to the freezing weather, so it was fantastic being able to see the indoor facilities and experience the different atmosphere playing indoors. It was so cold one of the mornings that our coach Aaron was able to walk on river that had frozen over and Jack nearly fell flat on his backside when he didn't realize that the road had a thin layer of ice on it.

We have an exciting weekend lined up with two matches on the road. Saturday we will face Santa Barbara, and Sunday we will play Cal Poly. Both matches are going to be hard fought battles, and hopefully we can show some grit and put in a great team performance.

The team has one new member this semester with local Cris Rivera from Santa Monica joining the squad. He has been playing some great tennis and I love how he fights for every point! Keep an eye out for him this season!

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Go Lions.

Daniel Simko

The Week That Way in Lion Sports - February 4

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray works in the LMU Sports Media department, is a leader of the ROAR Student Section, is a former sports writer at The Los Angeles Loyolan, and is a member of The Crimson Circle service organization. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance at the week that was in Lion Sports.

Lion pride is at a true low point around campus these days, with most LMU teams continuing their slumps over the past week. 

In what some might call the most anticipated LMU sporting event every year, the men's basketball team had no answers for the visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs. Last Thursday, LMU hosted Gonzaga in front of a packed Gersten Pavilion with hopes of upsetting the No. 7 Bulldogs, who are undefeated in the WCC. But the Lions failed to get stops on defense or baskets on offense, which added up to an embarrassing 88-43 loss. 

The women's basketball team had an unpleasant visit to the Northwest over the weekend, dropping another two conference games, extending their losing streak to four. Thursday night, the Lions fell to Gonzaga 79-57 before losing another close game with Portland, 65-63 on Saturday.

In their final meet before the season finale at the MPSF Championships, the LMU swimming team dropped a pair of decisions at UC Santa Barbara Saturday. At the double dual meet, the Lions fell to host UCSB 176-85 and also lost to Pacific 159-103. This meet ended the Lions' regular season, as the team will now begin preparation for the conference championships in two weeks.

The women's tennis team provided the highlight of the week when they upset No. 39 Long Beach St. at home 4-3 on Friday. The big non-conference win took the Lions to 2-0 to start the season. However, their luck changed when they went on the road Sunday as LMU was swept 7-0 to No. 65 UC Irvine.

The men's tennis team had a tough test at hand on Sunday as they took on No. 2 USC, who has dominated the region for years. The Lions lost 6-1 and dropped to a bitter 0-4 to start 2013.

While most of the teams in season are struggling, other teams are making coaching moves in hopes to foster future success. The women's volleyball team just named Ron Larson as its top assistant coach. Larson is the former head coach at UC Riverside and has also helped coach the U.S. Olympic team. The softball team just added Katie Schroeder to the coaching staff as well. Schroeder was a two-time All-American for UCLA before graduating last year. 

The Week That Way in Lion Sports - January 28

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray works in the LMU Sports Media department, is a leader of the ROAR Student Section, is a former sports writer at The Los Angeles Loyolan, and is a member of The Crimson Circle service organization. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance at the week that was in Lion Sports.

It's an exciting and busy time in LMU Athletics this week, as the winter sports are still in full swing, with spring sports action starting to heat up.

The biggest game of the week was the men's basketball matchup with hated conference rival Pepperdine. A huge game for the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Cup, the Thursday night home game brought out the masses to Gersten Pavilion. After a close battle for 40 minutes between the Lions and the Waves, a late LMU push was not enough as Pepperdine escaped with a 60-57 road victory.

The women also had a tough Thursday night as they had to travel to Provo, Utah for a big game with BYU. The Cougars were dominate from the get go, as LMU fell 72-53 on the road. Both basketball teams had byes on Saturday and will return to action against Gonzaga this Thursday.

It was a fun day at the pool Saturday as the women's swim team had a big turnout for their senior day meet. The Lions swam against Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Baptist in their final meet of the season at home. After a long and exciting day, LMU split the double-dual meet, beating Cal Baptist but falling to CSU Bakersfield. 

Women's water polo had a big weekend at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invite. On Friday, the Lions fell to #5 Arizona State 11-7, but came back firing on Saturday. The second day of the invite saw the Lions get two key wins, crushing Azusa Pacific 17-2 and pulling out a win against Santa Clara 14-12. Unfortunately, the Lions climbed back down on Sunday as they let one get away against Pacific 8-6 and lost to #1 Stanford 14-8. 

The women's tennis team was battling the Los Angeles rain all weekend. Their opening match against Westmont College was postponed on Friday and their Saturday match was pushed back a few hours. But this did not slow the Lions down as they came out strong in their season debut at home Saturday. Taking on Concordia University, Irvine, the Lions swept the doubles and singles rounds en route to a 7-0 win to start their 2013 season 1-0.

However, the men's tennis team was on the other end of a sweep this weekend. Traveling to Iowa for an ITA Kick-Off Weekend event, the Lions continued to struggle in 2013. Saturday, they were swept 7-0 to Illinois State before losing 5-2 on Sunday to the hosting Iowa Hawkeyes, dropping LMU to 0-3 on the season.

The Week That Was in Lion Sports - January 22

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. Ray works in the LMU Sports Media department, is a leader of the ROAR Student Section, is a former sports writer at The Los Angeles Loyolan, and is a member of The Crimson Circle service organization. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance at the week that was in Lion Sports.

The pride and joy of LMU Athletics continues to become less prideful and less joyous as both basketball teams struggled again last week.

The men's basketball team dropped both games last week, which included road losses at San Diego and at San Francisco. Wednesday, the Lions were the victim of an 18-0 Torero run that gave San Diego the lead and enough to hold on for a 78-68 conference win over LMU. Saturday, the Lions lost again after shooting a dismal 28% from the field against an equally underperforming Dons squad. The Lions are now in the conference cellar at 1-5. 

The women's basketball team split their week's matches, coming up with a 65-50 victory against San Francisco before losing a heartbreaker against Portland 63-59. Both contests were played at Gersten Pavilion with the first game witnessing LMU superstar Alex Cowling become the Lions' all-time leader in rebounds. The Lions are now 2-4 in the WCC.  

Last weekend, the women's swimming team competed in the Beach Cup in Malibu. The Lions placed 2nd in a field of Pepperdine, San Diego, and Fresno St. For their efforts against conference rival Pepperdine, LMU earned 1.5 points for the Pacific Coast Highway Cup.

The women's water polo team opened up their season last weekend, hosting the LMU Opening Weekend Showcase. The Lions defeated #18 Cal-Baptist twice, once 11-0 and once 10-8. LMU also destroyed Cal State San Bernardino 22-3. The three wins will provide confidence and momentum for the Lions as they head into their spring season.

The men's tennis team also opened up their spring season last Saturday when they hosted future WCC opponent Pacific. The Lions lost a close match 4-3 after barely dropping the doubles point and only winning three out of six singles matches.  

The Week That Was in Lion Sports

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance at the week that was in Lion Sports.

The heart and soul of LMU athletics in back with basketball season underway all across the country.

Friday night in front of a packed home student section, the LMU men's team put on a show, destroying Pacifica 108-49 with stat padding and slam-dunks abound. The 108 points was more than an LMU team had scored in two decades. In the Lions' first real test at SMU on Sunday, that offense was nowhere to be found as the Lions lost 73-58.

The women's basketball team opened up their season on a road trip throughout the Southwest this weekend. The Lions fell 79-51 at UTEP on Saturday in the first regular season game for new head coach Charity Elliott. LMU will look to salvage the trip tonight when the take on New Mexico St.

In their final weekend of play, the men's soccer team ended their season in style on a five game unbeaten streak. Friday, the Lions drew a 0-0 tie against Santa Clara who finished second in the WCC. In their final game on Sunday, LMU beat Saint Mary's 4-2 in a heated shootout, ending the year at 4-5-3 and tied for fifth in the WCC.

Volleyball also had a strong weekend, grinding out two key wins. The Lions beat No. 24 Pepperdine 3-1 in the final home match of the year to improve to 7-7 in conference play. In a non-WCC game Saturday, the Lions came back from down two sets to win in five on the road at Cal State Northridge.

Men's water polo went on the road last Thursday to end regular season play at Cal Baptist. The Lions barely came out on top 8-7, making it four wins in a row with three of those being decided by a single goal. The Lions are now 15-9 overall, heading into the WWPA Championships this week 

Both cross country teams competed in the NCAA West Regionals in Seattle, Wash. over the weekend. 10 of 14 LMU runners set personal records at the meet, with senior Sheree Shea finishing in 11th place and qualifying for the NCAA National Championships next Saturday.

Both tennis teams wrapped up their fall schedules this weekend with the men at the SoCal Intercollegiates hosted by UCLA and the women at the Jack Kramer Invitational in Palos Verdes, Calif. Both teams sent a handful of players to their respective events and are now off until January when their main spring seasons will begin. 

Across the Net with Daniel Simko

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Howdy y'all LMU tennis fans,

I recently attended 4 day NCAA leadership forum in Dallas. I was surprised at the lack of cowboys floating about, but managed to speak to a few, which I enjoyed alot.  Dallas was a super cool city and I had a great experience over the 4 days! This week I have felt right at home with the weather been 30 degrees Celsius (90) one day and 19 (67) raining the next, reminding me of Melbourne, which is guilty of having all 4 seasons in the one day. I love when in rains in LA! It sends its citizens into a panic. A light shower is enough to ensure every person wears bright colored gumboots (not acceptable unless under the age of 10 in Oz) and rocks stylish umbrellas. Today the rain definitely was not our friend. We are currently playing the "So Cal" intercollegiate tournament at UCLA, and were washed out.  Tomorrow Othar, nick northcott, Felix(the cat) and myself will be in action and will hopefully wash away the smiles from our opponents face! I would like to give a special mention to my old room mate Tyler Gottshal, who is always excited to read about the lions action!

Enjoy folks,


Across the Net with Felix Van Kann

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Hello LMU tennis fans!

Sorry for the delay, it has been a busy week for everyone at LMU. Regionals took place last weekend at Irvine and the Lions were able to get some good wins over tough opponents. Nick Northcott and Busta both made it to the second round, while Nick "that horse" Bjerke made it to the round of 16 in singles. The best result though, the Lions achieved in doubles: while Dan Simko and Nick Northcott lost their second round match, our Number 1 doubles reached the semi- finale! Congrats to Nick Bjerke and Busta! That's a really good effort and makes us all feel better about the next season's doubles points.

I finally returned to the courts last week. In an intensive 15- minute session Robin Kiyabu and I got into a hard battle for the contest of the most unfit tennis player of all time. I probably won because I was already sore the next day. It's a long way back but it's getting better quickly I hope.

Next week the boys will play the So Cal Intercollegiates at UCLA which will be the last tournament in the Fall Semester. I probably won't be able to play yet but for sure we'll get some good results! Until then we'll get ready for Halloween on Wednesday. Daniel Simko will be back with the Blog next week to tell you some stories about all of that. Let's go, Lions!!



The Week That Was in Lion Sports

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This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance for the week that was in Lion Sports. 

Friday, one of the biggest nights every year in Lion Athletics occurred when LMU held its annual Madness at Midnight event. The night got fans excited for the upcoming basketball season, introducing everyone to the players of both the men's and women's teams. Players from both teams competed in a free throw contest, a three-point contest, as well as a dunk contest for some of the men. Along with showcasing the basketball talent, Madness was also an opportunity for the student body to see all of the school's Division I sports teams on display through dance competitions, which the softball team won. The night included food trucks and giveaways for students as well.

The women's soccer team had a huge weekend, earning six points through two conference victories. On Friday in Malibu, LMU destroyed then ranked #15 Pepperdine 3-0 getting all three goals in the first eleven minutes of play. Then at home Sunday, the Lions defeated San Francisco 1-0 after scoring 11 seconds into the first overtime period.

LMU Volleyball had an impressive weekend, also getting two much-needed wins. In the Northwest for the weekend, the Lions improved to 5-1 on the road this season as they swept Gonzaga Thursday and beat Portland in straight sets as well on Saturday.

An injury-filled men's water polo team continued to sink over the weekend, losing to two conference rivals. The #9 Lions had been on a roll with a seven-game winning streak before a series of setbacks led the Lions to drop matches to #1 USC a week ago and to #10 Long Beach St. and to #11 UC San Diego over the weekend.

In the final race before the WCC Championships, the men's and women's cross country teams sent four runners a piece to tune up at the Titan Invitational in Fullerton. The Lions did not have enough runners for the teams to place but will be in full force at the conference championship meet in Portland next weekend.

The men's tennis team competed at the ITA Regional tournament in Irvine over the weekend. Four Lions competed in singles and doubles events with the #7 seeded duo of Nicholas Bjerke and Sebastian Bustamante still alive in the doubles semifinals. In singles, Bjerke also advanced to the round of 16.

The women's tennis team was in San Diego for their ITA Regional tournament. April Bisharat and Reka Rohonyl both advanced to the round of 32 in singles competition while Kristine Kouyoumjian made it to the semifinals in the consolation bracket before the final two rounds were rained out.

The men's golf team went abroad last week for the Cabo Collegiate tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What was meant to be a three round event turned into only 18 holes of competition as day two could not be finished and day three never began due to rainy conditions. Tyler Torano's 72 was good for a tie for second place in the tournament with his back nine score of 33 good for the best nine-hole score in the event. The team finished in ninth place. 

What is Autumn Day?

It was another heavy week for most of the Lions.  It's still Midterm time at LMU and there is not much time for anything other than practice, studying and sleeping (or studying and double-sleeping for those among us who have mono).  Still, Othar, Jack, Dan and Nick Northcott traveled to the pre-regionals at UC Irvine on the weekend to represent the Lions and got some good wins to boost their confidences for the upcoming regionals.

We had no school today thanks to something called Autumn Day. If anyone knows what that actually is, please let us know. That leads me to another holiday we, as mostly international students, can't really relate to. Even though it is still a long time to go, Americans start to get crazy about Halloween, while we truly ask ourselves what the hell it is that makes Americans excited about wearing a costume and scaring each other. It's funny though. Yesterday, when I went to Ralphs with my amazing new high-tech bike at night, on my mind: only the innocent question if I'll take low fat or 2% fat milk, I was suddenly surprised by a ginormous plastic dragon that was sitting in a garden and frankly scared me as hell. It looked pretty real and it was dark, so nothing to be ashamed of!

I'm writing this text over the ongoing annoying noise of the fire alarm (Go Lions!), just to get you informed by time and now it's time for me to take another mono-nap. I hope everyone is doing fine and that you're excited for Daniel Simko's Blog next week, who, as I can proudly declare, fully recovered from his relentless pursuit with the fly on his computer screen (read last week's blog, if you wonder what I'm talking about).

Good morning and good night,

Felix van Kann 

Midterms and Tournaments

Greetings LMU tennis fans,

It was midterms this week at LMU and a lot of studying has taken place. On Wednesday night I realized I had been studying too much when a fly landed on my screen and I made the error of trying to scare it with my mouse. It was at this moment, I realized my night was done. On the tennis front, Sebastian and Nicholas traveled to Tulsa this week to compete in the All Americans. It was a great chance for them to play against the best college players across the country and I'm sure the experience will help them a lot for the upcoming season. This week end Nick Northcott, Othar, Jack and I are playing the pre regional's down at Irvine. Each day we are guaranteed at least two matches, which will give us a chance to work on our games.  Today as a team we went 5-1, which was a pleasing result, and gives us confidence going into the last 2 days. Unfortunately I managed to make the same mistake as my good friend Felix (the cat) did a few weeks back. I was late to arrive at the bus after missing my alarm. I am looking forward to the run that awaits me, but hey such is life. Felix (the cat) will be sure to give everyone a "pur"fect run down of how the week end finished up. Go Lions Rawwwwwwrrrr

Until next time.


The Lions Carry the Flag

Another week has passed at LMU and the Lions are doing great. Unfortunately, some sicknesses and injuries prevented a lot of the boys from practicing as hard as they usually do but that couldn't hang their heads (hello, Google Translator!!).

Due to that, last Friday's travel to the Future in Irvine turned into a nice getaway for the Australians: only Coach Brad Sceney, tennis-beau Daniel Simko, and "the Toddfather," Todd Volmari lifted the Lions (and the Australian) flag.  Both, Daniel and Todd, achieved good first round wins before falling in their next matches.  I'm sure they still enjoyed their Vegemite sandwiches.

The other boys treated themselves to a nice weekend with a lot of time to study for upcoming midterms. Busta and "Tha Horse" Nick Bjerke practiced for the upcoming tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while I was forced by the LMU physician to take a mononucleosis test even though I assured her that there is no chance I could ever be infected.  Unfortunately, I was wrong: my test was positive and I'm out for 4 weeks.  But I'm feeling completely normal and, no worries, I'm not contagious. I'm pointing that out particularly for guys like "Rrrr" Robin Kiyabu, who fearfully refused to take me to Subway on his new high speed scooter the other day! He looks like a Hells' Angel on it though, so I didn't complain.

With those last words at the end of another long day with mono, I wish everyone a fantastic week and hope you'll keep on reading the Blog when the master of descriptive language, Daniel Simko, returns to his mind-blowing work next week. Good luck to Nick and Busta in Oklahoma!  I'm sure they'll make their opponents smash some rackets and they'll celebrate some victories as sweet as a bite in a Chipotle burrito (a poor try of mine to continue Daniel's fabulous fast food metaphors). Make sure to check out our Facebook page and you'll hear from me in 2 weeks.

Good morning and good night!


Felix van Kann

Lions Heat Up the Courts

G'day LMU tennis fans, we hope you have had a great week!

It's been another productive week for the team, with a lot of practice and conditioning. One of the benefits of playing at college is having coaches to provide feedback on ways to improve. This week, Brad and Aaron had us doing drills to improve on some parts of our game that let us down during our matches at Costa Mesa. Last week end the majority of the team played the future at Costa Mesa, around an hour away from LMU. It was another hot weekend. So hot that even the sun was looking for some shade and two trees were fighting over a dog.

The competition was tough and Nick, Todd and myself were unable to reach the second round. Felix and Othar were or on the other hand able to win their first match. Once again they came up against some quality opponents in the second round. It's a great chance to play some tough opponents and gauge where our games are at right now. This weekend we are heading to Irvine to play another Futures Tournament. We hope to gain more valuable match toughness and fitness. It's likely that senior Jack Zapala, who I like to call the mailman (because he always delivers), will be playing his first match for the fall. Jack had wrist surgery last year, so it is awesome to see him back firing down his canon serves and hitting his volleys crispier than KFC's chicken. Felix will be back next week to let everyone know how we played! It impresses me how well he writes considering English is not his first language.

I hope everyone treats themselves to a relaxing week end, you deserve it.



This blog is written by Ray Ferrari, a sophomore Communication Studies major from Eugene, Ore. His weekly recap of LMU Athletics will be posted here every Monday allowing for a quick glance for the week that was in Lion Sports.

Starting on the home front, the men's soccer team lost a tough battle with No. 7 UCLA. Despite the strong defensive showing, one goal was all the visiting Bruins needed as they earned the 1-0 victory and sent the Lions to 1-4-1 on the year.


Four men's tennis players competed at the Costa Mesa Pro Classic over the weekend. Sophomore Todd Volmari and junior Daniel Simko were bounced in the first round, while sophomores Felix van Kann and Othar Kordsachia advanced to the second round of qualifying play but no further.


At the NorCal Invitational hosted by Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., the men's water polo team played four ranked teams in less than 48 hours. They had close losses to No. 7 Pacific and No. 9 Long Beach State, but pulled out wins against No. 18 Concordia and No. 11 UC San Diego. The tournament split gave the Lions a 10th-place finish.


Both LMU cross country teams competed at a conference preview race at Fernhill Park in Portland, Ore. The women ran to a second-place finish while the men finished fourth at the site that will hold the WCC Championships at the end of the season. Senior Sheree Shea finished with the fastest time among WCC female runners.


The women's soccer team visited Tucson, Ariz. this weekend for the Arizona Cats Classic. After a rough 3-0 loss to Arizona State, the Lions slightly salvaged the trip with a 0-0 tie against the University of Arizona, continuing to show they can play with anyone and advancing to 5-3-1 for the season.


The volleyball team kept their strong season going this weekend at the Golden Dome Invitational at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. The Lions dropped a close match to the University of Kansas before defeating Xavier and the hosting Fighting Irish for a 2-1 finish that was good for second place.


The golf team opened their season at The McLaughlin tournament hosted by St. John's at Bethpage Golf Course in Farmingdale, New York. After three days of play at the Red Course, the Lions finished tied for eighth out of the 16-team field. Senior Bryan Bergna placed tied for fourth after repeatedly shooting under par.

Our First Tournament

This season, players from LMU Men's Tennis will provide weekly blog entries providing insight into men's tennis program. Check out this blog each week for new entries. Today's entry comes from sophomore Felix Van Kann:

Greetings LMU tennis fans!

It has been a busy week for the LIONS! Starting off with the first future tournaments in Claremont last Friday the boys finally got back on the California tennis courts. Besides some sunburned faces and impressive new tan lines, the 35 degrees Celsius (whoever knows the Fahrenheit system) of the California desert were unable to harm the boys at all. "The Toddster" Todd Volmari, "Busta" Sebastian Bustamante and Nicholas Bjerke made it to the third round in the qualifying. Bjerke proofed in a spectacular way which is why his teammates call him "Tha Horse," by defeating his teammate, who was unfortunately me (Felix van Kann), in the first round in a three set match with a lot of ups and downs. Othar "Othanator" Kordsachia also couldn't make it through round one, which is why he was one of the lucky guys to experience our first 8 am work out on Saturday morning.

Due to the early daytime one of the guys didn't make it on time. Again, this guy was unfortunately me and as a result to that Nick Longo offered me a nice opportunity to watch the sunrise on a wonderful Saturday morning by sending me on a nice walk. Still, I have to say that if you're on a six miles run around campus, the school doesn't seem as beautiful as it appears with a normal heart rate.

The rest of the week we prepared for the upcoming Futures tournament in Costa Mesa, starting today, by working hard on the courts and in the gym. For his "special" way of getting ready for the tournament, new team member Othar Kordsachia was honored with a new nickname: "Chicken Pasta." It should describe his passionate love for the same named meal that lead to an unbelievable 14-day streak of cooking it. He's a machine (a German one)!

Before ending this little monologue that I'm writing down in the library right now, I have to announce that we had two birthdays in the past week: Jack, who turned a fascinating 22 years, and Nick Bjerke, aged 23 now, who is the oldest person I've seen in college tennis. (That win you had over me was your birthday gift.) Happy birthday, boys!

Time to go to bed now, we're leaving at 7:45 am to Costa Mesa. A good day to everyone and forgive me my poor writing skills. It's late, I had way too many donuts and I don't speak English. The people on our Facebook page are brilliant at it though, so take a look at it if you are interested in our results from Costa Mesa before our beloved Daniel Simko gets the chance to tell you everything about it in our upcoming blog next week.

Good night and good morning,


Felix van Kann

The Start of a New Year

This season, players from LMU Men's Tennis will provide weekly blog entries providing insight into men's tennis program. Check out this website each week for new blog entries.  Today's initial entry comes from junior Daniel Simko before this weekend's USTA Pro Classic Futures Tournament in Claremont, Calif.:

Greetings LMU men's tennis fans. I trust you are all in good health, and why shouldn't you be, you've earned it.

It's been a long time coming and the summer is over, or for some of us from outside the states: the winter! The dream of starting up class and trainnig has finally become a reality. A reality so mesmerising you could take a scoop of it and mix it in with your favourite cereal.

With the inclusion of a new team member, Othar (Kordsachia), formally known as the "Othanator," I can only assume it has everyone on the edge of their seats, so far on the edge of their seats it would be hard for an observer to identify whether you are actually sitting or in some sort of crouching position. Whispers of another American joining us in the spring have crept through the grapevine and is only adding fuel to the growing excitment flame.

Fitness has been a key component for the first few weeks on campus. Sweat has poured and muscles have flexed as we strive to gain an unbeatable fitness base. The boys were treated by our fitness trainner "Longo" (Nick Longo) to a beach workout. It was a grueling workout, on a perfect So Cal day. After the hard work, we frolicked in the ocean for a while. The German boys especially like the water. Evidence of the sun was clear the next day as Felix pasty white skin, turned red. I am confident he will soon be the most tanned German of all time. On a more serious note, the guys will be playing in three Pro Tournament matches over the next three week ends. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain some tough match practice, and hopefully a few guys may get an ATP point.

It's going to be an exciting year for LMU mens tennis, join the Facebook page. Spread it to your friends. Like it. Love it.


Daniel Simko